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SOC-OFE Masters Students - Field Experience Manual: State Licensure and Accreditation

State Licensure and Accreditation

The counseling masters’ programs are all CACREP accredited. The programs may meet or exceed requirements for licensure in most states where licensure or certification is available; however, not all the counseling programs are license-eligible, and states have varying requirements for licensure and certification for each program.

Students seeking licensure or certification in their state are responsible for ensuring that their program meets the necessary requirements. Additionally, students are responsible for checking with their state licensure board throughout their programs for updates to program and field experience requirements for licensure or certification. If students find that their state requires additional courses or experiences to be academically eligible for licensure, they can request to add the State Education Specialization. More information on the State Education Specialization is found on the SOC-OFE website.

Students needing postgraduate verification of practicum and internship hours on licensure application forms should submit those requests to the field experience operations director (see Verification of Field Experience Hours for Licensure). All other licensure-related inquiries should be submitted to counlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu.

MS in Addiction Counseling

Walden University’s MS in Addiction Counseling program is accredited by CACREP, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which is a requirement to practice addiction counseling in some states. The MS in Addiction Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for national and state addiction counseling certification exams, to sit for counseling licensure exams, and to practice as addiction counselors. Because no program can guarantee licensure or certification upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate agency to determine specific requirements. However, each state board responsible for regulating the practice of addiction counseling has its own academic, licensure, and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an individual to practice as an addiction counselor in that state.

Walden enrollment specialists can provide information relating to national and state certification exams and guidance relating to the state-by-state requirements for counseling licensure and practice as an addiction counselor; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to certification exams and licensing requirements for the state in which they intend to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain certification or to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential.

Students who are pursuing state licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) or a state substance abuse counseling certification must verify individual state laws to determine if this program meets eligibility requirements for licensure and/or certification in the state in which they intend to practice. Designation as a master addictions counselor requires the successful completion of the Examination for Master Counselors (EMAC), in addition to other requirements.

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counselig

The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited by CACREP as a mental health counseling program. CACREP is a specialized accrediting body recognized by CHEA, and CACREP accreditation is a requirement for licensure in many states.

The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for licensing exams and to meet the academic licensure requirements of many state counseling boards. Walden enrollment specialists can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden University makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure.

MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

Walden’s MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling is accredited by the CACREP, a specialized accrediting body recognized by CHEA. CACREP accreditation is a requirement for licensure in many states. The MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and will not lead to licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

The MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for licensing exams and to meet the academic licensure requirements of many state counseling boards. Walden enrollment specialists can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement.

MS in School Counseling

The MS in School Counseling program is offered by Walden University, an institution accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which is a requirement to practice as a school counselor in some states. The MS in School Counseling program is accredited by CACREP, a specialized accrediting body recognized by CHEA, which may also be a requirement to practice as a school counselor in some states.

The MS in School Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to apply for licensure or certification to practice as school counselors. However, each state board responsible for regulating the practice of school counseling has its own academic, licensure, and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an individual to practice as a school counselor in that state. Walden enrollment specialists can provide general information relating to the state-by-state requirements for school counseling licensure or certification; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to licensing or certification for the state in which they intend to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain certification or to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential.